I have this etching press I want to sell.
It works. It does the job. It’s just too big.
It doesn’t fit. My studio’s too small.
I had this fantasy of making big,
gigantic prints. Prints two by three or four
and so I bought it. Bought this monstrous press
that’s capable of making monstrous prints
instead of prints a couple inches long.
But have I made these giant, monstrous prints?
My prints are just the size they always were,
And I am stuck with this gigantic press
and need to trade it for a smaller one.
For instance, in New Zeeland there’s a guy
who’s making presses that I’m sure will fit
just perfectly into my studio.
Besides, they’re beautiful. The one I have
is rugged, but it’s just industrial
and big. I should have kept my little press.
Imagine you are Alice when she’s small,
and there is a behemoth, a machine
malevolent, with giant cylinders,
that slowly grinds you till you’re paper thin’
Well that is me and that’s my giant press.